President Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi salute the Tricolour.
I am happy to inform you that under the 'Make In India' programme, India has already become the world's 2nd largest manufacturer of mobile phones :President Kovind
GST is a long-term policy and is a boon for the business sector. The taxpayers in the country trust this government: President Kovind
Under Jan Dhan Yojana, 34 crore people have opened a bank account & almost every family in the country is connected to the banking system. According to an international agency, 55% of the total bank accounts opened between 2014-2017 were opened in India itself: President Kovind
"My government is making continuous efforts to double the income of farmers. Government is working towards malnutrition in women and children. Mission Poshan has been started for food and Indradhanush scheme is almost close to achieving its target of children vaccination: President Ram Nath Kovind
To end all kinds of injustice in the country, my govt has taken a lot of steps. We have decided to punish rapists of minors with a death sentence. We have also brought up the issue of triple talaq to fight for women rights: President Ram Nath Kovind
President Kovind: Citizenship Amendment Bill will make it easier to provide Indian citizenship to those who had to take refuge in India after facing oppression somewhere else. They were not at fault, they were victims of situations like that.
President Ram Nath Kovind addresses both Houses of the Parliament
The country was going through a phase of uncertainty before the election (2014). After the election, my govt took up the initiative to form a 'New India. We know that expenses on health make a poor even poorer. My govt understood this & started Ayushman Bharat Yojana. In the last 4 months, more than 10 Lakh poor people availed health benefits in hospitals under this scheme.'
Prime Minister addresses the media ahead of the Budget session:
"The Budget session will commence today. Within a span of few minutes, honourable President will address both the houses in Parliament. Last year, we saw how things took place. Today the country has awareness. The citizens keep a sharp vision on the activities that take place in the parliament. Today, it is easy to connect to any part of the country. Therefore, the common man is very much aware. Because of this, the people who are not interested in discussion and debate face flak. The MPs should hold a meaningful debate in this session of the Parliament. We are eager to hold a debate on all important issues. They should put forth their ideas and views. I expect session will be fruitful".
Parliament will meet from January 31, 2019, till February 13, 2019, for the Budget session with an interim budget to be presented on February 1.
The session, which ends on February 13 will begin with an address by President Ram Nath Kovind to a joint sitting of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. It will be the last session of the 16th Lok Sabha as the elections are likely to be held in April-May.
On the eve of the Budget session, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday said all parties have assured their cooperation in smooth functioning of the house and urged the members to raise issues of national importance.
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